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In Roads to Freedom, we explored the role of the arts – particularly carnival – both as a tool of change and as a form of political expression. Created in 2005, the piece looked at how carnival in Trinidad arose out of the abolition of slavery and looked at how the African influence manifests itself through costume, music and dance. The project was a collaboration between Kinetika Artists, The Kinetika Bloco, Same Sky, Paddington Arts Elimu and Spiritus with Dorothy Stringer, Norwood, Eveline Lowe and Larkhall schools.
The band played, and a story was illustrated, through a series of flags inspired by the Asafo Fante flags from Ghana. The flags depicted graphic images, symbols and key words, taking us on our journey from pre-colonial Africa to 21st century Europe. Workshops in schools contributed to both their design and making.
The flags and costumes made as part of Roads To Freedom are now are available for hire.